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Graduate Programs

A foundation in research and practice

As a graduate student at Illinois, you're part of a community of scholars where learning and teaching are infused with research and practice. Join us in redefining the art and science of education for the 21st century.

Our highly ranked graduate programs at the College of Education prepare master's and doctoral students to deal with the most challenging issues in education. Here you will be mentored by world-class faculty who themselves are leading researchers in their fields.

You will hone the rigorous habits of mind and skills needed to be impactful leaders in the field of education. Here, you can leverage the advantages of being part of a research university, while developing and defining your own research interests. Join a community of scholars who want to make a difference and change the world.

    Graduate students can apply to one of our four departments.


    In addition to our on-campus degree options, we also offer online and off-campus degrees, including our Principal & Superintendent Endorsements and Degrees.

    Curriculum & Instruction

    The Department of Curriculum & Instruction believes in addressing critical issues of learning, teaching and social justice at global and local levels.

    Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

    EPOL is focused on training a new generation of researchers differently and better to address issues in educational policy & practice.

    Educational Psychology

    We pride ourselves in preparing students for positions as university professors, researchers, counseling psychologists, and testing, measurement and evaluation specialists.

    Special Education

    We embrace a threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service. Within this mission, we address issues that face special and general. education as rapidly as our changing world.

    Applying to the College of Education

    Find out what you need to start your application process including instructions on how to apply, application deadlines, and tuition and financial aid.

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